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The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.
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Publisher's Summary

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.

The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.

So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.

©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin

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    Camsyn Northeastern MN, United States 09-23-12
    Camsyn Northeastern MN, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dark, dark, obsessive revenge"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's kind of a depressing , wierd story, so I would be very careful who I recommending it. better not be too squeamish.


    What other book might you compare The Keeper of Lost Causes to and why?

    I thought about the "Dragon Tattoo" books, because of the similsr sounding words, dark subject matter, etc, but it is totally different.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was effective because I was unaware of him, the story was the star.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Some people never forgive, or forget.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book very much.

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    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 09-19-12
    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining"

    Good, fun story with interesting and original characters. i hope to read more of Mork (spell?). Not as depressing as some Nordic writers. the only fault was the Danish accent assumed by the reader. If they are all conversing in Danish, why would they have an accent? The setting, names and places are enough to give the foreign flavor.

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    Lori 09-15-12
    Lori 09-15-12
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    "Couldn't get past the sound of the recording"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had such a hard time getting past the quality of the recording. It sounded like there was and echo and it was recorded in a tunnel.


    What could Jussi Adler-Olsen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The little I did listen to was read with no flow, the accent was OK when he was speaking for the characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better sound for sure


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    MyDogBen 09-11-12
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    "Lost Cause, Indeed"
    What was most disappointing about Jussi Adler-Olsen???s story?

    Like many Audible listeners, I was looking to find the next "Dragon Tattoo" series. "Lost Causes" isn't it. The story has no redeeming value. Keep the Audible credit, I wish I could get my TIME back. Believe the many people before me who labeled this as bad. They are right.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler alert: this book is driven by extensive descriptions of torture. I'm appalled it was ever published. And I'm against censorship. I'm not against good taste.

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    Deborah 09-11-12
    Deborah 09-11-12 Member Since 2011

    love to read, love to listen

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    "Adler-Olsen has created some crazy characters!"
    Would you try another book from Jussi Adler-Olsen and/or Erik Davies?

    Yes, absolutely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    The ending was pretty fantastic!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Erik Davies?

    Yes, but...the accents were really weird and I'm not sure they were necessary. The characters sounded kind of goofy and it was hard to get past. I don't think Danes really sound that goofy when they speak English.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It was a pretty great story.


    Any additional comments?

    The bad guys were just as crazy as they come and what they did was horrible, yet the author made it seem believable.

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    Dan Cornwall, Ontario, Canada 09-10-12
    Dan Cornwall, Ontario, Canada 09-10-12
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    "The sidekick was the star!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Keeper of Lost Causes to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Assad, the assistant to Carl Morck, is the real star. He has a mystery past that we will learn more about.


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Authentic sounding accents and characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ambivalent ending re Merete and the revelation of her disabled brother's attachment to her.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next translation and audiobook by Adler-Olsen

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    Nonnie 09-10-12
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    "I hope there's a Book 2!"

    The story was riveting, and contained the right amount of humor; the format intriguing; the narration interesting; and the characters endearing.

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    Armond Kalamazoo, MI, USA 09-10-12
    Armond Kalamazoo, MI, USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "You begin to feel the pain."
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Way to real


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is just enough different to seperate it from other books of the same nature


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book would be just as good of a read. Davies does help with the forgien names. The plot can be confusing to follow with out a consistant voice for each charater.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reality of what would be apt to happen after the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book but if you are looking for a "feel good" ending instead of reality one might struggle with this story.

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    Kathryn 09-10-12
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    "Strange accents"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have the narrator drop the phony accents. I found it distracting and annoying.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jussi Adler-Olsen? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It would depend on the narration. I would never listen to one that was directed and narrated like this one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Davies?

    I'm tempted to say anyone, but Mr. Davies probably had poor direction. When he spoke without the accents, it was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not


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    Heidi Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-10-12
    Heidi Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-10-12
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    "Kept Me Listening!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book (audio and hard copy) to friends. It was a great story, had me hooked from the beginning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the main detective. He was seemed like a real person.


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the accents, I wouldn't have come up with them on my own.


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